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Neil Lennon: Set to rest several players for the trip to Ross County

Neil Lennon: Set to rest several players for the trip to Ross County

(Current league positions in brackets)

Sunday, May 5

Dundee (12) v Aberdeen (7)

Dundee midfielder Gary Harkins has recovered from a rib injury which forced him to miss last weekend's win over Hearts. However, they are without Nicky Riley after he received a two-match ban for his red card against the Edinburgh side, as well as Stephen O'Donnell (knee) and Jamie McCluskey (Achilles).

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes will make a decision on the fitness of captain Russell Anderson on Saturday. The defender did not train on Friday after missing last weekend's win over Kilmarnock with a hamstring injury but will do some light training on Saturday with a view to playing at Dens Park. Defender Andrew Considine (broken leg) and midfielder Chris Clark (broken ankle) are both out for the rest of the season.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Dundee D L W W W; Aberdeen L W L D W

Top scorers (all competitions): Andrew Barrowman (Dundee) 14; Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 20

Referee: Alan Muir (Scotland).

Kilmarnock (8) v Hibernian (9)

Kilmarnock are boosted by the return of Rory McKenzie. The forward has missed the last couple of matches through illness but will be back in contention for Sunday's clash at Rugby Park. Rory McKeown, Manuel Pascali and James Dayton are still on the sidelines.

Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon has no injury worries. The William Hill Scottish Cup finalists sent Killie out in the quarter-finals with a 4-2 win thanks to a hat-trick from striker Leigh Griffiths. The on-loan Wolves man is just one behind the 28 netted by Steve Cowan in season 1985/86 and could become the first Easter Road attacker to net 30 since Alan Gordon and Jimmy O'Rourke both reached that mark in season 1972/73.

Last season: Hibernian 0 Kilmarnock 1, Kilmarnock 1 Hibernian 3, Hibernian 1 Kilmarnock 1, Kilmarnock 4 Hibernian 1

Last five league matches: Kilmarnock W D L L L; Hibernian L L L D D

Top scorers (all competitions): Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock) 12; Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) 27

Referee: Kevin Clancy (Scotland)

Ross County (5) v Celtic (1)

Ross County are set to name an unchanged squad for the visit of the champions. Defender Branislav Micic remains out with a dislocated shoulder. Goalkeeper Mark Brown is also on the sidelines with a fractured hand.

Celtic will be much-changed again as Georgios Samaras, Charlie Mulgrew, Gary Hooper and Fraser Forster will all be rested with Emilio Izaguirre also set to be left out. Kris Commons, Joe Ledley, Efe Ambrose and Kelvin Wilson return after they were given a week off. Lassad Nouioui (calf) and Scott Brown (abductor) remain on the sidelines and while Adam Matthews (hamstring) and James Forrest (knock) have returned to training, they are not yet ready to play.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Ross County L L L D W; Celtic W D W W L

Top scorers (all competitions): Richard Brittain (Ross County) 10; Gary Hooper (Celtic) 29

Referee: Steven McLean (Scotland)


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